It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it’s time to prepare your home for the long winter ahead. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, I’ve got all the steps you’ll need!
Winterize Outdoor Faucets
Regardless of whether you have frost proof hose bibs or not, it’s essential to ensure that your hoses are disconnected from the faucets. Even one night of freezing can cause a break in the pipes, so make sure to disconnect earlier than later. When in doubt, keep these steps in mind: disconnect, inspect, drain, protect.
Install Storm Windows and Doors
Storm windows and doors add an extra layer of protection against the elements. Investing in a storm door is worthwhile: they can last between 25 and 50 years! Additionally, storm windows and doors can help keep the heat inside your home and prevent cold drafts from getting in.
Tune Up Your Heating System
Brr! It’s time to turn on the furnace, but don’t neglect your maintenance! Do a test run early on to ensure that your furnace is performing optimally. Make sure to replace your air filter, too! If it looks dirty, it’s not filtering as well as it could be.
Check Caulking and Weather Stripping
Detecting air leaks early can prevent drafts from cooling your home when winter rolls around. Make sure to inspect all the areas on the outside of your home where different building materials meet. Inside, check outlets, baseboards, weather stripping around doors, attic hatches, and anywhere that can provide access to outside your home.
Add Insulation Where Needed
You can’t go wrong with some extra insulation! If you don’t think storm windows will do the trick, add some insulation film or weather sealing to your windows. Insulating doors, fireplaces, vents, electrical outlets, and pipes are all great ways to keep the heat in and protect your home from the cold. Don’t forget your hot water tank, too! An insulation blanket can help you save money on your heating costs.
Insulate Pipes Near/On Exterior Walls
Frozen pipes don’t only prevent water flow, they also tend to burst, which can cause unnecessary damage to your property. Pipes in basements and attics, or those that are more exposed to the cold can benefit from extra insulation in the winter months. Foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves are easy solutions for exposed pipes. For those that aren’t exposed, adding insulation to the walls can help.
Check Around Your Home For Dead Branches Hanging Over the House
Before the snow arrives, make sure to check around your house for dead or low-hanging branches around and over your house. When heavy snowfall occurs, these branches can break and damage your property. Get them taken care of before they become a problem!
Have questions? Need an inspection? As always, I am happy to hear from you! Contact Stratton Home Inspections online or by calling 712-281-3080 in Council Bluffs or 402-509-4807 in Omaha.